Foundation Rotational Pharmacist


Posted: 1 week ago

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

£31,365 - £37,890 per annum


Outstanding Hospital

We are the largest and most diverse employer in West Dorset with over 3,000 staff providing an acute hospital service to a population of over 250,000.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them and to achieve this we ensure our values of Integrity, Respect, Teamwork and Excellence is at the core of everything we do.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We would welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Oustanding Career

Foundation Pharmacist: Rotational

Band 6: 1.0 WTE Permanent

An opportunity has arisen for a Pharmacist to join our established, friendly and progressive Clinical Pharmacy team at Dorset County Hospital. We are looking for an ambitious, highly motivated and dynamic Pharmacist wanting to develop their knowledge and skills and progress their career in clinical pharmacy. You may be a newly (provisionally) qualified Pharmacist or looking for fresh challenge.

We provide a supportive learning environment with excellent training and development opportunities. We take your professional and personal development seriously. The successful candidate will be encouraged and supported to undertake the post-graduate clinical diploma. We also encourage and support our pharmacists to undertake the non-medical prescribing Programme.

The Clinical Pharmacy team comprises Pharmacists, Medicines Management Technicians and Trainees. When working in Pharmacy and at ward level you will be supervised and supported by a variety of clinical and technical staff and will be part an experienced team. You will be a highly valued member of the Pharmacy and and committed to delivering outstanding medicines management.

The training programme is based on the foundation level framework with rotations in the first year covering core areas: medicine, surgery, paediatrics, older people and dispensary services. Following this, rotations are 4-monthly and include the following clinical areas:

  • Acute medicine & Medical Day Unit
  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory
  • Medicine for Older People
  • Surgery (emergency)
  • Aseptics
  • Cancer services
  • Renal Services

The post includes late duties, weekend working and participation in the bank holiday and on-call rota.

We are committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff. We will consider applications to work flexibly, part-time or job share. Please talk to us at interview about the opportunities available.

The hospital is a friendly working environment within walking distance of Dorchester’s historic center. Dorchester has a vibrant social scene including the new Brewery Square development, shops, restaurants, cinemas, festivals and local farmers markets. Direct trains link London (2.5hrs), Weymouth (10mins) and the South West including Bristol and Bath. The Jurassic Coastline, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the National Sailing Academy are only eight miles away.

Interviews - COVID-19 Pandemic adjustments

At September 2020, in line with government advice on social distancing, interviews are being conducted via Microsoft Teams rather than face to face.

Working at Dorset County Hospital during the COVID Pandemic

The Trust and Trust Executive have undertaken a whole systems overview to ensure the safety of patients and staff during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. As part of this, each department including pharmacy, has undertaken a risk assessment to ensure a COVID secure work environment.

Pharmacy – a COVID-19 secure department

Within pharmacy risk assessment processes have been completed and a number of measures were introduced to protect staff. Risk assessments have been undertaken for all staff.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Kate Travers – Highly Specialist Pharmacist Medicine and Diabetes or Tel: 01305 254379

Celina Tadel – Highly Specialist Pharmacist Surgery and Gastro or Tel: 01305 254379

Ursula Gotel - Clinical Pharmacy Manager, email 01305 255913 (working hours Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 08:30 – 16:30)


Please read the job description/person specification carefully to ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience required

The closing date/interview date is subject to amendment; this vacancy may expire at short notice. All correspondence with applicants will be via email. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks please contact us on to find out whether you have been shortlisted

DBS - If you join us and need a new DBS check, we will recover the costs through a salary deduction (£40 - enhanced check or £23 - standard)

Applicants who subscribe to the update service or have a valid portable DBS will not incur a charge. There will be no charge to Volunteers/newly hired apprentices. Employees within AfC pay bands 1-4 can choose to pay through salary deductions over 3 months

VISA - Tier 2 visa applicants who are coming to work in an occupation defined by the relevant Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code, and their adult dependants, will need to provide a criminal record certificate from any country they have lived for 12 months or more in the past 10 years.

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